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Vergne joins Ferrari

Ferrari have snapped up a second outgoing Formula One driver in the form of Jean-Eric Vergne.

Ferrari had already announced the signing of Esteban Guiterrez as the teams third driver after the Mexican found himself without a drive in Formula One after losing his seat with Sauber.

Another driver unfortunate to lose his place on the F1 grid was Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne.

After being part of the Red Bull development programme and making his Formula One debut at the 2012 Australian Grand Prix, the 24-year-old boasts 58 Formula One Grand Prix starts and had previously been close to clinching a drive with Toro Rosso's sister team Red Bull Racing.

But after initially being overlooked in favour of Daniel Ricciardo, he was then overlooked for a second time by Daniil Kvyat.

Following the young Russian's promotion from Toro Rosso the team have opted for a new driver line-up for 2015 with Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr stepping in.

Vergne left Toro Rosso at the end of the season and joined Andretti Racing for the Formula E race in Uruguay. On his debut he qualified on pole position and was in contention for the race win until reliability problems forced his retirement.

He replaces Pedro de la Rosa as the main driver working in the simulator.

“I feel very honoured to be joining the Ferrari family and becoming a part of the most prestigious team in the history of Formula 1,” said Vergne to Sky Sports.

“The objective is a unanimous one and that is to help the Scuderia get back to the top step of the podium. Having had two years working in the simulator for a top F1 team and three years racing with Toro Rosso, my experience will add to the great efforts that are currently being made in order to get the team back to its winning ways. I look forward to fulfilling my dream in becoming a member of Scuderia Ferrari and having the Tifosi behind me every step of the way.”








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Date:Tuesday December 23 2014

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